Hi, thanks for your question. Was there a court order or a CSA calculation regarding the child maintenance?
Thanks for confirming. When did he stop paying child maintenance?
Why was it not pursued through the English courts previously?
The English courts would have dealt with such an application and you would have been able to apply in Spain to enforce this - it is not certain why the Spanish courts did not as you would have been entitled to apply for a REMO (see here: https://www.gov.uk/child-maintenance-if-one-parent-lives-abroad/paying-parent-lives-abroad)
Given that he has now returned to England and no formal decision was made before hand to vary the order, then you would be entitled to apply to enforce the order using form D50K and a £155 court fee to your local family court. The court will likely scrutinise why it has taken so long for you to deal with given the legal options available as detailed above.
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Yes you can apply to the family court which issued the order using form D50K and a £155 court fee. Translated paperwork will assist once proceedings commence.
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To add to the above
You will need the permission of the court to enforce these arrears - and it is not likely to be given at this late date I am afraid.
One reason is that since you were both living in Spain there is no reason why you could not have applied for maintenance via the Spanish courts - another is that the time delay means that your ex is at a disadvantage in being able to prove whether or not he was working
The decider however is that the Order has now ended
Whilst you can indeed issue the applictaion it is I fear doomed to failure
So in fact you have a Spanish Court Order that he should pay you money?